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Mary Loretta Moore

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Mary Loretta Moore

Age 75, of Pennsboro, WV, Farley’s Run Community, passed away June 21, 2012 surrounded by her family.

She was born in Uniontown, WV, a daughter of the late James William Utt and Mary Ruby (Shreves) Utt.

Loretta worked at the Pineview Nursing Home in Harrisville and Economy Industries in Pennsboro, all while raising her family and working on her farm.

She was a member of the Mt. Olive Church of Christ.

She was a loving and caring person and her family and friends were most important to her. Her kitchen was always open to anyone stopping for Sunday dinner.

Surviving are three sons, Jim Utt of Wick, WV, Kenny Utt (Vickie) of Pennsboro and Mike Moore (Jan) of Paris, IL; brother, Don Utt (Mary) of Perrysburg, Ohio; sister, Imojean Horner of Akron, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, James R. Utt, Joseph R. Utt, Kenneth G. Davis, Glennda M. Roberts, Sara G. Lattea, Kenneth G. Utt, Jr., Michael P. Moore, Jr., Maranda M. Keister, Jamey C. Moore, Matthew W. Hawkins and Jordan K. Skiles; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Gay Utt.

Funeral services will be Sunday 2:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment will follow on the family farm at the McFadden-Heaton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Flo Marie Isner McCullough

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Flo Marie Isner McCullough

Age 90, of Washington, WV, passed away on June 20, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, after an extended illness.

She was born November 03, 1921, in Ritchie County, WV and was the daughter of James Garfield and Grace Truman (Sinnett) Isner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, A. Clifford (Cliff) McCullough; three brothers, Charles, Harmon (Tom) and Paul Isner; and two sisters, Wanita Swiger and Clara Wilson.

She is survived by her two sons, Gary (Misti) McCullough of Vincent, Ohio, Gregory (Kim) McCullough of Washington, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Ericha McCullough of Washington, WV, Miranda McCullough of Falls Church, VA; one great-grandchild, Sophia; and two sisters-in-law, Ruby Wilson of Harrisville, WV, and Mary Isner of Indianapolis, IN.

During WWII, Flo worked as a welder in the shipyards in San Francisco, CA, and then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, to be with her husband Cliff while he supported war efforts in the shipyards there. After returning to West Virginia, she was a homemaker and enjoyed canning and crochet. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and dearly loved her cat Oscar.

Arrangements are pending at this time.

Gary Wayne “Toby” Conner

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Gary Wayne “Toby” Conner

Age 67, of 312 Broad Street Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 on Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

He was born in Glenville, WV on April 17, 1945: son of the late Lonnie Conner and Pearl (King) Conner Belknap Kerns.

On July 30, 1974, he married Betty Lee (Young) Conner, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters: Melody (Jack) Atchison of Weston, Lori (Randy) Fluharty of Big Springs and Mary Jamison and companion Mike Gould of Alum Bridge, one son: Clovis O. (Melissa) Ash, Jr. of Suffolk, VA and dear friend and caregiver: Jeffrey Tanley of Weston. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Jennifer Boggs, Brooke Atchison, Amanda Atchison, Casey Batiste, Nicole Bonner, Joshua Ash, Rachel Casada, April Briddick, Trinity Daly and Kenneth Casada, Jr. and several great grandchildren. Toby is also survived by one brother: Jimmy Kerns of Petersburg, VA, three sisters: Beverly Elliott of Weston, Jean Youngblood of Richmond, VA and Naomi Thoms of Powhatan, VA and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Conner was preceded in death by one grandson: Sean Michael Jamison, three brothers: Paul Belknap, Edward Belknap and Melvin Conner and two sisters: Manoka Smith and Nora “Polly” Jefferies.

Mr. Conner was a retired psychiatric aide with Weston State Hospital. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the American Legion Post #166 of Jane Lew, WV.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Gary Wayne “Toby” Conner.

Manoka Ruth Smith

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Manoka Ruth Smith

Age 68, of 265 Hickory Hills Road Jane Lew, WV passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Holly River State Park following a sudden illness.

She was born in Glenville, WV on September 23, 1943: daughter of the late James Kerns and Viola Pearl (Conner) Kerns.

On December 04, 1961, she married Leonard “Jack” Smith, who survives.

She is also survived by three sons: Leonard Smith, Jr. of Parkersburg, David Smith of Jane Lew and Christopher (Kristie) Smith of Terra Alta and two grandchildren: Demi Smith and Jerrad Metz. Also surviving are two brothers: Toby Conner of Weston and Jimmy Kerns of Powhatan, VA, three sisters: Naomi Toms and Jean Youngblood both of Powhatan, VA and Beverly Elliott of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by three brothers: Paul Belknap, Edward Belknap, and Melvin Connor and one sister: Nora “Polly” Jefferies.

Mrs. Smith was a psychiatric aide at Weston State Hospital. She enjoyed camping, scrap booking, baking cakes, and working puzzles. Manoka enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Manoka Ruth Smith.

Kathleen M. Lunsford

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Kathleen M. Lunsford

Age 97, of Glenville, WV formerly of Troy, WV passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Sunbridge Nursing Home of Glenville following an extended illness.

She was born in Ritchie County, WV on May 29, 1915: daughter of the late Clel Adams and late step mother Byrd Adams.

In August of 1935, she married Ralph Lunsford, who preceded her in death on April 11, 1978.

Mrs. Lunsford is survived by one daughter-in-law: Sharon K. Lunsford of Auburn, WV, five grandchildren: Paula Hardbarger, Joan Lunsford Henline, Ralph Keith Lunsford, Jr., Joyce Ann Martin and Roascoe Herbert Henline, thirteen great grandchildren: Jessica, Melissa, Michelle, Tamara, Link, Shylia, Kiara, Destiny, Bentley, Kyley, Ryley, Jessica and Elizabeth and several great great grandsons. She is also survived by one sister: Artie Adams of Clarksburg and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ralph, Mrs. Lunsford was preceded in death by one son: Ralph Keith Lunsford, one foster son: Robert Brannon, three brothers: Wilmur, James and Elmer Adams and three sisters: Margie Adams Woofter, Eva Adams Sponaugle and Marie Moorhead Adams.

Kathleen was a homemaker.

She attended the Vadis United Methodist Church and was a member of the Midway Fire Department Auxillary of Vadis.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. main Avenue Weston on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel.

Interment will follow services in the Carder Cemetery of Vadis, WV.


Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Kathleen M. Lunsford.

Milton C. Smith

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Milton C. Smith

Age 85, of Spruce Creek, WV, died June 19, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston.

He was born at Spruce Creek on July 13, 1926, the last surviving son of the late Harvey and Georgia Bailey Smith.

Milton graduated from Harrisville High School and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He worked in the garment factory in Harrisville, in the oil and gas industry and later retired from Union Carbide, Sistersville, all while farming his land.

He was a member of Harris-Ritchie Post 3554 VFW and Spruce Creek Baptist Church.

Milton is survived by his wife of 64-1/2 years, Juna G. Reed Smith; daughters, Sharon McCormick of Harrisville, and Rose Ann Smith of St. Marys; sons, Larry Smith of Parkersburg, Joe Smith of Auburn, Bill Smith of Sand Fork, WV, Paul Smith of Spruce Creek and Dave Smith of Tanner, WV; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sons, James and Ronny Smith; five brothers, Floyd, Albert, Bailey, Jack and Edward Smith; one sister, Mabel Morris; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV.

Burial will follow in the Spruce Creek Cemetery will full military rites by Harris-Ritchie Post 3554 VFW.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Philip Waggoner, Jr. “Jack”

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Philip Waggoner, Jr. “Jack”

Age 87, of Birch River, WV died Monday June 18, 2012 at Braxton Health Care Center.

Born July 05, 1924 in Spring Hill, WV, he was the son of the late Philip and Nora Queen Waggoner.

He was a member of the Birch River Baptist Church and a World War II Veteran.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl George Waggoner, sister, Betty Waggoner Frame, brothers, Keith, Connie, Evan and Tom Waggoner.

He is survived by brothers, Barren “Dell” Waggoner and wife Phyllis, and Karl “Bill” Waggoner and wife Mickey all of Birch River, WV.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday June 23, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Family requests that donations be made to: Braxton Health Care Center 200 Days Dr. Sutton, WV 26601.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Waggoner Family.

Nancy Ann Posey

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Nancy Ann Posey

Age 55, of Tanner, WV passed away June 16, 2012 at United Hospital Center at Bridgeport WV.

She was born in New York, a daughter of the late Chester Wallace Thompson and Christine Politer Thompson.

Surviving are a son, John R. Posey of Tanner, WV and a daughter, Joanie Riffle of Orlando, WV; 2 sisters, Christine Lowers of Newburg, NY and Shirley Thompson of Big Otter, WV; 3 grandchildren, Brianna Riffle, Torrie Riffle and Morgan L. Riffle.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by twin daughters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 19, 2012 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Interment was in the Burnsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Charles Henry “Chuck” Brosey

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Charles Henry “Chuck” Brosey

Age 82 of Crystal Lake, West Union, WV departed this life on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 24, 1929 in West Mifflin, PA a son of the late William and Margaret Davis Brosey.

He is survived by his wife Madeline Bennett Brosey.

Also surviving is one daughter, Betsy Gibbons and husband Jim, Colorado Springs, CO, one grandson, Matthew Bixler and wife Dawn, Scottdale, PA, two great grandchildren, Austin and Zachary Bixler, one brother, George Brosey, McKeesport, PA.

One daughter, Peggy Lawrence precedes him in death.

Mr. Brosey was owner and operator of Pittsburgh Maytag Appliance Repair for 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII and Korean Conflict.

Private graveside services will be conducted in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union with Pastor David McCauley presiding.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Brosey family

Keith J. “Duke” Bowman

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Keith J. “Duke” Bowman

Age 81, passed away on June 12, 2012 at Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center, Glenville, WV.

He was born August 20, 1930, in Tucker County, at St. George and was a son of the late James Raymond Bowman and Theadocia Metz Bowman.

He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, 84th Air and Rescue Squadron from 1951 to 1955.

He was a West Virginia State Trooper from March 26, 1956 until his retirement on March 30, 1977. He also spent 31 years working with the U.C.A.A.P. (United Church Alcohol Action Program) and T.A.A. (Teens Against Alcohol and Drugs) program. He was a Lay Speaker and Soul winner right up to his death.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Leona R. “Judy” Bowman; one son, Jeffrey Bowman (Connie) of Scott Depot, WV; one daughter, Tracy Bowman of Charleston, WV; one grandson, Christopher Keith Bowman of Scott Depot, WV; one sister, Eleanor Faye Clark of Fairmont, WV; two step-children, Donny Nichols of Mt. Zion, WV and Sherry McCroskey of Grantsville, WV; three step-grandchildren, April Whipkey, Brad McCroskey and Dustin Nichols, all of Grantsville, WV; four step-great-grandchildren, Joseph, Allie, Autumn and Avery Whipkey, all of Grantsville, WV; five nieces; two nephews; and several cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma Lee Clutter Bowman for 35 years; three sisters, Mary Jane, Delores Rose and Betty May; and a brother, Howard “Bill” Bowman.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and anything the kids wanted to do.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, WV.

Pastors Greg Swisher and Bryan Blair will officiate.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, June 22, 2012 and on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:00 AM until the time of the service.

Delmas Brenton Wiant

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Delmas Brenton Wiant

Age 69, of 61 Archwood Lane Weston, WV passed away on Monday, June 18, 2012 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County on September 29, 1942: son of the late Arnett Warner Wiant and Mary Magdaline (Neal) Warner.

On April 8, 1967, he married Carol Jane (Hefner) Wiant, who survives.

He is also survived by three daughters: Teresa Lunsford and companion David and Kimberly (Ronald) Morris both of Weston and Angela Wiant and companion Charlie of Camden and one son Brenton Wiant of Alexandria, VA. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren: Robert Michael Metz, Charissa Jane Jordan, Joshua Lee Lunsford, Tyler Ray Lunsford, Mary Abiline Lunsford and Aaron Lee Lunsford, four brothers: Roscoe Clinton Wiant, Arnett Clayton Wiant, Layman Dawayne Wiant and Kenneth Arville Wiant and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother: Glendon Bradley Wiant.

Mr. Wiant worked in Heating and Cooling for Fornash Lumber Company of Weston. He loved constructing things and working with electric.

Brenton was a member of Bealls Mill Church.

He loved to hunt and watch the news on TV.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Carl Mouser officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Hiney Cemetery in Gilmer County.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Delmas Brebton Wiant.

Avinell Glenda Hopkins

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Avinell Glenda Hopkins

Age 79, of Sutton, WV, passed away June 17, 2012 at her residence.

She was born in Nicholas County WV, the daughter of the late Bert and Glenda Jackson Rose.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Church Of God.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Roy Hopkins, daughter; Shirley Adkins, brothers; Bob Rose, Vernon Rose, sister; Bertha Rose, grandson; Ricky Shawn Adkins.

Avinell is survived by her companion; Darrell Green, daughter; Debra Adkins of Orville, CA, brother; Jerry Rose of Sutton, sisters; JoAnn Workman and Kathryn Holmes both of Birch River, WV, 10 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Rodney England officiating.

Burial will follow at Hoover Cemetery, Birch River, WV.

Friends may call Thursday June 21, 2012 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Hopkins Family.

Pearl Mavis Eagle

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Pearl Mavis Eagle

Age 90, of 157 John Street Weston, WV, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Braxton county on June 11, 1922: daughter of the late Jessie James Corad and Roxie R. (Williams) Conrad.

Mrs. Eagle was married to Roy L. Eagle, Sr., who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Eagle is suvived by three children: Betty J. (Roy) Blake, Eugene L. (Martha) Eagle, Sr. and Roy L. (Candy) Eagle, Jr. all of Weston, 22 grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother: Wilbert Conrad of Roanoke, one sister: Gladys Blake of Raccoon Run in Lewis County and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Roy, Mrs. Eagle was preceded in death by three sisters: Rosietta Turner, Carrie Detamore and Elsie Clem.

Mrs. Eagle was a retried glass-worker with the Louie Glass Factory of Weston.

She attended the St Paul’s Episcopal Church whe she was younger.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, June 18, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Randall Hughes officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman- Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Pearl Mavis Eagle.

Rebecca Alcinda Smith

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Rebecca Alcinda Smith

Age 83 of Norfolk, VA, formerly of Pennsboro, WV, passed away June 15, 2012 at her daughter’s residence in Norfolk.

She was born July 04, 1929 at Beason, WV, a daughter of the late James C. and Lena Corine (Baker) Tallman.

Mrs. Smith was a school teacher at Greenwood Grade School and Buckley Elementary at Alexandria, VA.

She graduated from Pennsboro High in 1947, Potomac State College in 1950 and West Virginia University in 1952.

She was a member of the Beason U. M. Church and attended the Norview Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA.

Surviving is her daughter Mary Sharon Williamson (Jon) of Norfolk, grandchildren Martin K. Bailey II of Pennsboro and Cheryl L. Tyree of Norfolk, great grandchildren Christopher Bailey and Breeanna McNeal, brothers Charles Tallman of Pennsboro and Jennings Tallman of East Canton, OH.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles Andrew Smith, and brothers Dewey and Eber Tallman.

Funeral services were Monday 2:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment followed at the Spring Hill Cemetery, Joseph’s Mills, WV.

Visitation was Sunday 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Paralee Roberta Wissinger

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Paralee Roberta Wissinger

Age 60 of Good Hope (Lost Creek Community) West Virginia, departed this life at 4:28 PM Friday, June 15, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown West Virginia following a sudden illness.

She was born August 28, 1951 in Glenville West Virginia, daughter of Madeline Bennett Langford who survives in Good Hope WV, and the late Robert Beryl Langford.

Paralee enjoyed reading, cooking, crafting and loved gardening. She was attending the West Virginia Business College, where she was working to get a degree in Business Management.

She was also a Pentecostal by faith.

Surviving are 2 sons, Larry Burkhammer of Buckhannon WV and Jesse Burkhammer of Vermillion OH; 1 daughter, Celena Burkhammer of Elyria OH; 4 stepdaughters, Terri Smith, Kim Wissinger and Tracy Schoeverth all of Elyria, and Ronda Nichols of Alabama; 3 brothers, Charlie Langford and wife Monica of Good Hope, Bryon Langford and wife Janet of Lost Creek, and Robert Langford of Elyria; 2 sisters, Joyce Ward and husband Carl of Good Hope and Cheryl Riffle and husband Charlie of Jane Lew WV. She is also survived by family friend Dan Eskew of Buckhannon WV and ex-husband, Billie Wissinger. There are 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild also surviving and another great grandchild due to arrive anytime.

Along with her father, Paralee was preceded in death by her first husband Larry Burkhammer.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV at 11:00 AM Tuesday June 19, 2012 with Rev. Ronald Brown officiating.

Burial will follow in the Stalnaker Cemetery Glenville, WV.

Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Paralee Roberta Wissinger with arrangements.

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